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Oct 27, 2006 05:27 PM

Martha Stewart Living indices?

I'm looking for a particular recipe and I could swear that it was from a Martha Stewart Living issue several years ago. (However, this all could be a figment of my imagination!) I've written to them and described the recipe, but they couldn't find it based on my description (I probably wasn't much help since I don't remember the year). I also wrote them and asked if there was a way to view indices from back issues, but they apparently ignored that e-mail! I've also checked all my local libraries, but they only keep back issues for 1 year or 3 years. So, does anyone know if there is somewhere to view indices of magazines, in particular Martha Stewart Living? I'm thinking about buying some of the old issues off ebay or something, but since I don't know what year I need, that makes it all the more difficult! Any suggestions?

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  1. I'm not sure if it will help you, but for four consecutive years, MSL published a hardbound copy of the recipes that were featured in the magazine. The editions are for 2002 - 2005. Note that the 2002 edition features recipes published in 2001 and so on.

    You can find these books online at a very good price and they are a great reference. I was disappointed last holiday season to find that they did not release a new volume.

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    1. re: btnfood

      I think it might be *around* 2001 or 2002, I'm just not completely sure. I *know* it was a Thanksgiving issue. I'll take a look at the books.

      1. re: Katie Nell

        I have a friend who more than likely has the issue you're looking for. I can't see where you've described the recipe here. What's it about? I'll see what I can do.

        1. re: Pat Hammond

          Okay, but again, it could be a figment of my imagination! It was a roasted turkey recipe with a garlic and/or onion jam and it was the best turkey I've ever had after years and years of dry, bland turkey! Again, I know it was after 1998 and before 2002 and I'm thinking it would have to be a Thanksgiving issue. I just ordered 4 Thanksgiving back issues on e-bay, so there might be some hope!

            1. re: Katie Nell

              My friend says it's not in the issues between 1998 and 2002. Sorry! For your sake I hope she's wrong, and you'll get it in one of your eBay magazines.

              1. re: Pat Hammond

                Dang! Thank you for checking though... I really appreciate it! The magazines were cheap at least, and I always enjoy looking at old holiday issues! Okay, so it was either a figment of my imagination or another magazine... yikes!

            2. re: Pat Hammond

              Pat, I am looking for a recipe from a 1991 issue of MS Living. The November/December issue for Sweet Potato, Yam and Apple Tian.

        2. Did you check her recipe archive? Fill in the search box, and then make sure to select the correct oval/bullet - choose "Recipes". Once in, remember to scroll and advance to the next pages available. There's more recipes than just the ones displayed on that one page returned.
          You just might be missing it, that's all.
          For example: Results 1 - 10 of 783 >> pages 1 2 3 4 Next .


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          1. re: Cheese Boy

            Yeah, I've tried everything! I've literally spent hours searching, googling, yahoo-ing... maybe it was a dream!!

            1. re: Katie Nell

              Kelli, I am right there with you. I have been searching for a recipe from 1991. I can't believe that the company does not have an archive library with everything.

              1. re: amygolino

                They finally replied to my e-mail and said that one was coming but I think they still weren't going to have issues indexed before a certain year... I can't remember for sure now though, I deleted the e-mail in a fit of frustration!

          2. Why not post a description of the recipe you want on the Home Cooking board? Maybe someone else clipped it and will pass it on. Good luck!

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            1. re: oldhound

              I tried that last year I believe with no luck, but if I ever find it, I will post it on the Home Cooking board, that's for sure!

              1. re: Katie Nell

                Maybe worth trying again ... maybe some new posters might have it.

                1. re: MMRuth

                  I also say post on her Message Boards regularly.

                  Eventually you'll find what you're looking for. [It's all timing].

            2. I just thought of this: Have you gone to Gail's Recipe Swap and asked there? Covering all bases . . .